Page Basics

Page Basics
is all about creating and editing pages on your site. This skill will be used over and over as you work on crafting your site into the learning tool you want it to be.

Page Editing

To enter Page Edit mode, click the edit button (uh, the pencil in the top right).

Add your desired content.

When done, click the new blue Save button to save your work and exit page edit mode.

Page Creation

As simple as that is, you will probably want more than a single page for your site. So, let's start creating pages...
  1. Click the New Page button in the top right.
  2. Give your page a name; again, try to keep this short but descriptive. The page name is what will appear in your site navigation menus so you want to keep this on the shorter side. The page name is also used by Google to automagically build the page URL.
  3. Select a template...or now, just let this at Web Page; we'll be looking at the various templates in just a bit.
  4. Select a location for your page...again, just let this as is for now; we'll take a look at this when we have a few more pages built. Suffice it to say that the location is the place in the page hierarchy where this page will live.
  5. Click the red Create button at the top.
Tada! You have just created a new page and Google has automagically dropped you into Page Edit mode so you can begin adding content right away.

Page Templates

There are 4 main Page Template types. The most basic one is the basic Web Page template. This simply gives you a blank edit zone where you can add the content you wish. Each of the other three (Announcement, File Cabinet, and List) build on this basic web page template by adding a specialize component below the basic web page content area. An overview of each template follows but more detailed information is available here.
  • Announcement: This template functions similar to a blog. Page editors can visit the page, click the "New Post" button, and then enter the desire content. Upon saving the page, it is shown at the top of the list of posts and pushes the rest down the page. Example page.
  • File Cabinet: This template allows page editors to build an electronic filing cabinet of various types of items such as files, links, or objects from Google Drive. Additionally, they can be grouped into "folders" within your file cabinet page. Example page.
  • List Page: The list page template provides a handy mechanism for building a list of items on your page. These could be your favorite books, links to resource websites, links to handouts, etc. Once again, page editors will be able to add list items to the page. Example page.
There is one additional page template, though I have not ever seen it used. The Start Page template allows a visitor to have a page on your site where they can add gadgets to make a custom page for them. Everyone's "start page" is different. Example page.

Page Settings

Each page of your site has several page settings. To access a pages settings, click there "gear" icon in the upper right and select Page Settings. The box on the right shows the different page settings you can configure:
  • The top 4 items simply work like toggles for the specific items
    • links to sub-pages appear below your page content
    • attachments appear below your page content
    • allow comments: if enabled by a domain administrator and turned on by a site owner, authenticated viewers will be allowed to post comments on pages
  • Page Description allows you to add content which will can help this page be found more easily using a search
  • Page URL: though dynamically created when the page was made, you do have the ability to change the URL here
  • At the bottom, you have the ability to change the Page Template that the page is using